Navigating Depression

by Donny Weimar

It’s not just the blues when you don’t want to get out of your recliner, much less brush your teeth. When I’m supremely depressed I find myself moving slower than a sloth, at least it feels like it anyway. Using soap is a chore because I’m less likely to bathe. Hey, I’m just being honest. Okay? Proverbs speaks of the sluggard as being one of the foolish ones. So, I guess there are times when I’m not the wisest person. However, I have found somethings that help me press through the hurricane of despair. Here’s some things I’ve learned.

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25 NKJV)

Discussing anxiety here a little is relevant here because Scripture says it causes us to be depressed. I tell you that is a fact. I find that by relieving anxiety my depression is lessened. Even the psychiatrist will tell you that anxiety and depression go in hand in glove. Ezekiel was a anxiety ridden prophet (Ezekiel 12). His soul was vexed over what would happen consequent to his proclaiming God’s word to the people. For sure they hated the messenger; Jezebel wanted all the Lord’s prophets killed. Proverbs 12:26 tells us to choose our friends wisely. The company we keep may determine whether we receive a kind word. That kind word can lift a depression and make the heart more glad (Proverbs 12:25 above). Another article will address anxiety more in depth. Let’s say for now that when we turn to God, His perfect love casts out fear because anxious fear torments the soul (1 John 4:18).

There is a very strong promise made by Jesus to the burden soul. He said, “

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

There’s an old hymn that says,“Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary. Jesus is very near.” Jesus is the only one who completely understands us. God knows suffering and pain. This world is all about soul-making. God is sharpening us and refining us into the mold of His glory. We are simply to blessed to stay depressed. The same Jesus who anchors our hope and secures our faith will see us through our darkest hour. Getting from point A to point Z takes at least 26 steps. I get through a lot of depressing by trust and confiding in Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Our faith is not yet complete. You can trust in m Lord too. For more suggestions, read the chapter on the subject in my book, Christian With Bipolar Disorder.